VFA at Art Market Hamptons 2022

New prints by Alex Katz and Kenny Scharf are among the works that we will be exhibiting at the twelfth edition of Art Market Hamptons.

Eighty-five prominent galleries will be showing modern and contemporary artworks at Nova’s Art Project and Sculpture Garden, the fairs’ new location at Hampton’s East End.

The Hamptons have always been considered a great getaway spot, especially for artists. In 2020, many New Yorkers took refuge in The Hamptons to escape the restrictions of the pandemic. During the past two years, local art scene in The Hamptons has thrived, with galleries and auction houses, like Christie’s and Phillips, setting up shop.

The Art Market will run from August 11 through August 14, 2022.

Alex Katz 1927 –

Alex Katz was born and raised in Brooklyn. He has lived and worked in New York for all of his 95 years. So, it’s very fitting that an eight-decade retrospective of his works will open at the Guggenheim in New York in October.

Katz has been collaborating with the museum to assemble over 200 paintings, prints, oil sketches, collages, drawings, and sculptures. The show will open with drawings that Katz did in the 1940s, while he rode the subway on his way to school at Cooper Union, and finish with the large landscapes he has been doing in the last few years.

Alex Katz: Gathering will be on display from October 21, 2022 through February 20, 2023.

Kenny Scharf 1958 –

Kenny Scharf calls his work Surreal Pop Art. He went from his hometown of Los Angeles to study art in New York, where he befriended Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Andy Warhol.

He’s been back in LA for a long time now, in order to be closer to his grandchildren. His own child-like quality, and the influence of both coasts, is still present in his artwork.

“In the early days, I got slighted and ridiculed for my use of bright plasticky colorful cartoony visions.” Scharf told Interview Magazine recently, “Hailing from L.A. wasn’t something that people admired, it was considered a place where people were airheads. I wasn’t taken seriously because L.A. wasn’t, either. When I returned to L.A., I was considered a New York interloper, and was slightly ostracized for making my name in New York. I’ve been living and painting in here for 23 years now, and finally people don’t ask me when I’m going back to New York. I feel I brought my L.A. aesthetic to New York, and brought my New York energy back to L.A.!”

Please contact us if you would like more information about the work of Alex Katz and Kenny Scharf available at VFA. More information about Art Market Hamptons is available here: https://artmarkethamptons.com

Eileen Kinsella. In 2020, Blue-Chip Art Businesses Flocked to the Hamptons. Are They in It for the Long Haul? Artnet News. August 3, 2022.
Guggenheim Museum Presents “Alex Katz: Gathering” Opening October 21. The City Life.Org. July 31, 2022.
Jason Rosenfeld. Kenny Scharf with Jason Rosenfeld. The Brooklyn Rail. June 2022.
Kenny Scharf Talks to Trees. Interview Magazine. April 22, 2022.